In this section we provide information on the
Matrox dual video cards. A dual video card provides two video output sources.
When in PowerPoint this allows us to project the slide show through the
projector while the computer monitor stays in outline view. It uses windows extended desktop to allow you to move or show different
things on each monitor.
We like the Matrox card for this type of
application. Its DualHead technology is in its 3rd generation, which makes it
very stable. Although there are a few other dual technology card manufacturers they are all first generation, and we have not looked into them. When you find
something that works flawlessly for this type of application you stick with
it. You don't want to risk having your computer lock up half way through your
Below are the two cards we suggest you consider
purchasing. You should be able to get a price between the ranges we list. We do
not sell video cards through our site at this time. If however you are having
trouble getting the prices we have listed on our site we can have a company
contact you that can supply you with one of these video cards at a reasonable
Available in both AGP and PCI versions, the Millennium G450 is offered
with either 16 MB or 32MB of DDR SDRAM memory and dual-RGB output. The
latest PCI version of the Millennium G450 is fully loaded with added
productivity-enhancing features such as DVI output and support for
resolutions in DualHead modes of up to 1600 x 1200 on both displays.
Bundled with a suite of DualHead utilities, the G450 Series provides
such features as DualHead Clone, DualHead Zoom, and DualHead DVD Max. ($65
G550 Series This
mainstream AGP graphics card offers advanced dual-display capabilities
with dual-RGB or RGB with DVI output support. The bundled DualHead®
software that powers the card and its multi-display capabilities makes
this card the most robust and feature-rich graphics solution for
business. A TV-Out cable and the Software DVD Player are available
as an option.($90 - $125)
The Millennium G550 board provides a few
enhancements over the Millennium G450 board. The Millennium G550 offers DVI
output support, which enables you to connect a Digital flat panel display to
the graphics board to use as either your primary output or secondary display.
This is simply an option, however, and you are still able to output to two
analog displays or to an S-Video device as your secondary output.
here for more information on the on Matrox DualHead technology.
Most churches do not use PowerPoint with a
dual screen system, unaware that there is a simpler way, they have come up with
various ways of anticipating what will appear on the screen next. Some ways
that have been used are hyperlinks or hotkeys (hidden buttons on the screen),
or they create a printout of the slides. Without a dual screen setup it is like
working blind. You really don't know what will appear on the screen until
you've moved to the next slide. You are looking at the same screen as the
congregation. With a dual screen setup it allows you to see the outline view
in PowerPoint while the congregation sees the slides show. Using
PowerPoint in Church has customized the outline view so you can see your song list and the verses of each song. Using the dual screen system makes it clean
and easy to move between your music, announcements, and your sermon. No need
to print out paper or to be hoping you programmed that hyperlink properly. You
now have the freedom to insert a song at the last minute or during a service,
and you can move up or down through the songs easily.